Spotlight on Albertan Innovation

Read interviews with:
Patrick Lor
Managing Partner, Calgary Office - Panache Ventures
Karina Guy
Partner, Healthcare and Life Sciences - KPMG in Canada
Aaryn Flynn
Co-Founder - Edmonton.AI
David Lloyd
Co-Founder and CEO - FREDsense Technologies

The sudden and protracted drop in oil and gas prices forced Alberta and its economic stakeholders to prioritize the diversification of the province’s economy. Although energy will remain a central component of its economy, emerging sectors such as health tech, digital tech and biotech – as well as others – are attracting attention, investment, talent and occupying a greater role in the vision for Alberta’s diversified economy.
This Spotlight explores Alberta’s ongoing diversification efforts – and the opportunities they represent – from the perspectives of the talented individuals investing their time, expertise and money into the emerging sectors that will play key roles in Alberta’s innovative future economy.


Key Takeaways & Calls to Action:

  • Albertan and Canadian startups should take advantage of the lower costs available to them in order to compete with American players south of the border.
  • The province’s start-ups, larger businesses, government and university research centers must all collaborate to “quadruple down” to accelerate its tech sector’s growth and build on the early success it has achieved in fields such as AI.
  • Alberta’s wealth of health data, its health sciences talent pool, its growing expertise in AI as well as the convergence and collaboration of its sectors make it competitive in the health technology sector.
  • Alberta’s diversification efforts must leverage the province’s important engineering talent pool and the strong experience of it oil and gas workforce that is used to working as part of diverse teams to make complex projects a reality.